Rainy Wedding Photography – Does Bad Weather Stop Play?

Article by ARJ Photography®

Does bad weather mean your wedding photography suffers? No. Absolutely not. In this article I’ll talk about rainy wedding photography and how bad weather in general just becomes woven into the story of your day. There are lots of examples in this post of moments and portraits from rainy weddings to show you that sometimes rain and bad weather can create unique and amazing wedding photos!

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Rainy wedding photography – short version!

A question I’m often asked when speaking to couples considering booking me as their wedding photographer is “what if it rains?” and my answer is always the same. If it rains, it rains, and the weather – good or bad – will become part of the story of your day. You won’t have less of a good time and neither will your guests, and your wedding photography won’t suffer. I won’t stop taking photos if it rains, and the emotion, action, joy and celebrations will continue. You can’t plan for the weather, so don’t worry about it. If it rains I’ll make some amazing rainy wedding photography for you!

Photo from Rhiannon + Jack’s London wedding.

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You can’t have a rainbow without a little rain…

Cheesy I know but also true. I’ll always be on the lookout for unique opportunities for photos on your wedding day. Gaps of dry weather on rainy wedding days can sometimes bring dramatic skies and rainbows – there are some examples from Anna and Sam’s wedding where they had 20 mins of sunshine right at the end of the day, along with a deep dark moody sky and rainbow, which created some totally unique rainy wedding photos for them!

Photo from Sam and Anna’s Northampton wedding.

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If you’re out in the rain, I’m out in the rain…

Rainy wedding photography isn’t limited to portraits on the day. Sure, if the weather is bad on your wedding day you’ll probably spend less time outside than if it was dry, but if you’re out in the rain I’m out in the rain. And if things are happening I’m taking photos and capturing the moments. Moments aren’t less iconic if it’s raining and as your photographer I can’t afford to ignore or miss moments just because it’s raining. And the weather is part of the story. It would be weird if you had a rainy wedding but no photos to show that it rained!

Photo from Jenny and Daniel’s Iscoyd Park wedding.

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Rainy weddings are still happy weddings!

I think a common misconception is that rainy wedding photography is dull wedding photography and sunny wedding photography is happy and bright. Not true. I can’t lie and say you won’t notice the weather on your wedding day, and sure it might mean you have to go for plan B in some sections of your day, but you’ll still have the best day of your life so far and your guests will still party the day away with you. Rain can add another dimension to wedding photos too.

Photo from Meera and Meeraj’s Thailand wedding. Yeah it rains at destination weddings too!

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My job is to make incredible photos for you, even if it rains!

I was at Meera and Meeraj’s wedding in Thailand. On the first night of their destination wedding they had an outdoor welcome party planned. But it rained. A lot. More rain than I’ve ever seen at any wedding in England. Meera was upset about it but I was determined to make a rainy wedding photo for them, something they wouldn’t ever have got if it stayed dry as planned. We made the photo, it cheered her up, and she says making that photos is one of her favourite memories from that night. I’ll say it again – the weather becomes part of the wedding.

Photo from Meera and Meeraj’s Thailand wedding.

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All you can do is plan to enjoy the day with every ounce of your soul!

If it’s going to rain on your wedding day, it’s going to rain whether you worry about it or not. Wherever in the world you’re getting married, make sure you’ve got a plan B for any element of the day which requires good weather, and make sure it’s a plan B you’re truly happy with. Rainy wedding photography still contains lots and lots of happy faces and emotion as you can see from this photo!

Photo from Julie and Richard’s Carlton House Terrace wedding.

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The weather is part of the story!

I remember Helen and Rob’s Byland Abbey wedding. They had a full outdoor ceremony planned in the ruins of Byland Abbey so rain wasn’t ideal. But one of the moments Helen was looking forward to most was walking around the abbey with her bridesmaids to get to the ceremony. The planner on the day tried to take her a shorter route so she wouldn’t get too wet but I told her just go the long way as planned, and she loved it. The groomsmen held umbrellas, the girls hitched their dresses up and it was the moment Helen wanted. It was perfect despite and because of the rain.

Photo from Helen and Rob’s Byland Abbey wedding.

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Embrace the rain for your wedding photos!

If it rains on your wedding day I’ll want to take you out in it for at least one portrait. I won’t keep you in it for long but I can make wedding photos in the rain for you that I can’t make in any other weather, and I want you to have that. I’ll make it quick, make it fun, and make it magical for you. Whatever the weather I will always strive to make the absolute best possible wedding photos I can for you.

Photo from James and Kate’s Styal Lodge wedding.

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When life gives you lemons (rain) make lemonade (cool rainy wedding photography)!

I’m an eternal optimist and positive in almost every situation. I will only ever see the opportunities in any situation and bad weather is always an opportunity to create photos for you that I couldn’t create in other weather conditions.

Photo from Kate and Andy’s Le Petit Chateau wedding.

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Cheshire Wedding Photographer Adam Johnson - ARJ Photography®

Cheshire Wedding Photographers ARJ Photography® – Adam Johnson is a well established photographer who has been photographing weddings in Cheshire and around the world for over a decade. He has been named the UK Wedding Photographer of the Year twice by The Wedding Industry Awards, and Best of the Best twice by Junebug Weddings, as well as receiving over 100 other wedding photography awards for his work. Favouring a rich, colourful style of wedding photography with a strong focus on emotion and the iconic moments, Adam is highly in demand and only opens up his diary to 20 weddings per year.